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3 face charges after hit-and-run collision

It's devastating to find out that someone you love has been killed in an accident. Any death that happens without warning is a shock, and it hurts even more that your loved one had his or her life cut short as a result of someone else's negligence.

It's hard to handle the idea that someone else was so negligent that they caused a fatal accident, but fatal accidents happen fairly often. If someone you love is in a fatal crash, it means that you and other close relatives may have the right to seek compensation for that death.

Seasonal changes impact your vehicle's functions

Warm days and chilly nights are common in the spring and have the potential to wreak havoc on your vehicle. Every time the temperature rises or falls, it means that your tire pressure changes. Fluids in your vehicle may freeze overnight if temperatures drop. During the day, gases expand, putting pressure on the parts of your vehicle that warm and cool. Metal expands and contracts, getting tight and becoming loose.

These subtle changes have the potential to make a vehicle dangerous to drive over time. That's why most people have their vehicle maintenance performed once or twice per year. It's a good idea to do so at least once in the spring in order to know how the winter affected your vehicle's condition.

X-LITE guardrails no longer to be installed in Tennessee

Thirteen states have decided that they need to remove controversial guardrails from highways. These guardrails have heads with end caps, which some say can cause more damage in collisions.

The end cap, called the X-LITE guardrail head, was approved for use in 2011 by the Federal Highway Administration. They're in several states, including Georgia and Tennessee. The problem is that they're now faulted with causing serious injuries and deaths in crashes. The rails can go through vehicles and injure passengers and drivers.

You deserve help after you suffer from whiplash

When you think of whiplash, what do you imagine? Maybe you think of someone who has a mild headache all the time or someone wearing a neck brace. The reality is that whiplash has many implications for your health, both in the short- and long-term.

Whiplash is actually an umbrella term. It can refer to a number of different injuries that occur because of the quick whipping motion the head and neck make in a crash. These injuries are soft-tissue injuries and may affect the head, neck or back.

How do you handle chronic pain?

Pain is a word that probably reminds you of injuries you've had throughout your life. It might remind you of a head injury, that back pain that has lingered for years or the nerve pain that you deal with on a daily basis.

There's no question that dealing with pain changes the way you approach life. Pain affects you both mentally and emotionally. It can result in depression, anxiety and fear. Some people deal with post-traumatic stress disorder because of pain.

Why work with a personal injury attorney?

You've been in an accident, and you want to make sure you're fairly compensated. You want to know that the driver is going to be held responsible for the injuries you've suffered, since they are devastating to your life.

While you believe you can go it alone when negotiating, it's a good idea to think about hiring an attorney instead. An attorney does more than just work as a mediator between you and the insurance agency. An attorney also helps handle paperwork, collects documents for the insurance company and court and helps protect your rights.

The devastation of eye injuries: What to expect

When you left your house this morning, the last thing you expected was to wake up in a hospital with your sight impaired. You remember getting into an accident, but you can't remember much beyond that. You're told that the other driver fell asleep behind the wheel, and it's been suggested that your sight might recover with time.

Car accidents are one of the most common causes of eye injuries in the United States. It should come as no surprise, as flying objects, glass and impacts can all damage your ability to see by impacting the brain or eye directly.

What happens when you make a claim for a car crash?

You were on the highway when it happened. A driver didn't notice you and hit your car. The crash wasn't very serious, but your vehicle was badly damaged and you have some minor injuries that require treatment.

After a crash like yours, it's important to report your claim to the other driver's insurance company. As soon as possible, the other driver should give his or her car insurance information to you, and you should provide yours. If he or she does not have insurance, you may need to file a lawsuit to obtain the compensation you need. The party without insurance may also face criminal charges.

Work-related back injuries and surgeries: What you need to know

No one shows up at work expecting to sustain a serious injury. People hope to perform their job well, earn their pay and head home to their families. Sadly, every day workers across the state of Tennessee end up severely hurt while working. One of the most painful injuries a worker can sustain is a serious back injury. They are common to people in a number of fields.

As you might imagine, those who work in factories, manufacturing and similar fields can injure their backs easily. Lifting, turning and standing all day can lead to a host of issues in the back. Those who drive for a living, who sit at a desk all day or who work in health care are also at risk of back injuries that can make working and everyday life quite painful.

An ombudsman could help, but an attorney may be better

When you're hurt on the job, you have an opportunity to file a workers' compensation claim. Opening a claim gives you the right to seek compensation for your injury as well as medical care. You can seek medical care through workers' compensation immediately following an accident, but you may have to wait a period of time before you can obtain compensation through the program.

Once you're ready to file a claim, your employer should be willing to help you open the claim and file the documentation. If he or she is not willing to do so, you may wish to work with an ombudsman. An ombudsman provides assistance to you if you're not represented by an attorney. You might want to start by working with an ombudsman before you decide if it's time to contact your attorney.

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